The '''National Association for the Education of Young Children''' ('''NAEYC''') is a large nonprofit
association in the United States
representing early childhood education
teachers, para-educators, center directors, trainers, college educators, families of young children, policy makers, and advocates.
[NAEYC. About NAEYC. Online July 2011. http://www.naeyc.org/content/about-naeyc]
NAEYC is focused on improving the well-being of young children, with particular emphasis on the quality of educational and developmental services for children from birth through age 8.